Keroche case: Orengo wants Karanja removed from proceedings due to illness

Joseph and Tabitha Karanja in court at a past date. Photo/Suek

The Director of Public Prosecution will inform court whether they will remove Keroche Breweries Director Joseph Karanja from the Sh 14 billion tax evasion proceedings on 14th June 2022.

This is after his lawyer James Orengo told Senior Principal Magistrate Esther Kimilu that Karanja has been very ill and seeking treatment at Karen hospital.

Karanja is charged alongside his wife and Keroche CEO Tabitha Karanja.

Orengo asked the court to remove him from the proceedings and let Tabitha continue appearing in the case.

“We want Karanja to be removed from the proceedings so that the case can proceeds so that the matter can proceed,” Orengo told the court.


Karanja has been in and out of hospital and at times unable to attend court.

The court heard that his medical condition is serious and complex. He is suffering from a variety of diseases. He is also awaiting surgery.

The couple was arrested and charged in August 2019 with 10 counts in the Sh 14 billion tax evasion case.

They denied the charges and were released on bail pending the hearing and determination of the case.

Keroche is tax arises from the sale of crescent vodka.